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Free Book Friday – Song of Spider-Man


Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History

by Glen Berger


The true story of a theatrical dream—or nightmare—come true…the making of the Spider-Man musical. — As you might imagine, writing a Broadway musical has its challenges. But it turns out there are challenges one can’t begin to imagine when collaborating with two rock legends and a superstar director to stage the biggest, most expensive production in theater history. Renowned director Julie Taymor picked playwright Glen Berger to cowrite the book for a $25 million Spider-Man musical. Together—along with U2’s Bono and Edge—they would shape a work that was technically daring and emotionally profound, with a story fueled by the hero’s quest for love…and the villains’ quest for revenge. Or at least, that’s what they’d hoped for.

But when charismatic producer Tony Adams died suddenly, the show began to lose its footing. Soon the budget was ballooning, financing was evaporating, and producers were jumping ship or getting demoted. And then came the injuries. And then came word-of-mouth about the show itself. What followed was a pageant of foul-ups, falling-outs, ever-more harrowing mishaps, and a whole lot of malfunctioning spider legs. This “circus-rock-and-roll-drama,” with its $65 million price tag, had become more of a spectacle than its creators ever wished for. During the show’s unprecedented seven months of previews, the company’s struggles to reach opening night inspired breathless tabloid coverage and garnered international notoriety.

Through it all, Berger observed the chaos with his signature mix of big ambition and self-deprecating humor.


ISBN 9781451684575, Paperback

1 lucky member will win a brand-new copy.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this Blog post. You must be a PaperBackSwap member in good standing to win.

We will choose 1 winner at random from comments we receive here on the Blog from PBS members.

You have until Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 12 noon EDT, to leave a comment.

Good Luck to everyone!


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61 Responses to “Free Book Friday – Song of Spider-Man”

  1. Nancy B. (rojo13864) says:

    I had read a few burbs about this in Variety Magazine. Would love to read the whole story.

  2. Betty V. (bettyv) says:

    My granddaughter would enjoy this one!

  3. Jill P. (jprice) , says:

    Please enter me into the free book contest! Thank you

  4. Dana W. (SouthWestZippy) , says:

    Sounds like my type of book. Thanks for doing the free book Friday, it shows me new ideas for books to read.

  5. Debra J. (homemakerdeb) says:

    Sounds interesting! Always looking for new things to read about. Love PaperBackSwap!

  6. Rhonda A. (naturelover) says:

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  7. Jason N. (bookhound83) says:

    I’d enjoy this one.

  8. Nena C. (Camperchick) says:

    I love book giveaways!!!!

  9. Diane S. says:

    Would love to read this! Thanks for the opportunity of a contest!

  10. Laura G. (summersoff) says:

    My niece would love this book for Christmas. She is at a theatrical high school and loves reading about plays and musicals.

  11. Elise A. says:

    I would love to read this!

  12. Leslie W. (kyyadifan) , says:

    I love free books!

  13. Stephanie B. says:

    That looks like a good book to add to my collection! I’d love to win this! Fingers crossed.

  14. Lois B. (galaxy911) says:

    Looks like a great one!~

  15. This sounds similar to The Disaster Artist, which I loved!

  16. Jay N. (ajdowning) says:

    I would love to share this story with my brother.

  17. Jo G. (knowingwoman) says:

    I love books! Another one would be lovely.

  18. Nina P. (lmntree) says:

    Sounds good!

  19. anitamobooks says:

    Oh boy Oh boy Oh boy Would I love this book! Thank you for this opportunity.

  20. K M. (gameshowqueen) says:

    this is the 1st time a free Friday book captured my interest – thanx for the cool choice!!

  21. Love all my books from Paperback book swap!! I have found some of my favorite authors here….
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  22. Andrew K. (kuligowskiandrewt) , says:

    that would have been one bizarre musical!

  23. Desmond W. (desmond) says:

    Count me in, please!

  24. Julia C. (bibliosopherj) says:

    I would like to enter the contest,thanks

  25. Suzanne J. (09suzij) says:

    Please add my name to the contest.

  26. Jeff S. (JRS75) says:


  27. Sandra M. says:

    This is the first I noticed Free Book Friday! How Fun!! Song of Spiderman sounds like a blast of a good time on a cold, rainy evening!! My nephew and his partner have both worked on Broadway musicals!! For the past 20 years or so.. One was a choreagrapher and one was the head of wardrobe! They would have a great time making this!! Please add my name to the contest!!

  28. Cheryl C. says:

    Sounds good!

  29. R E K. (bigstone) , says:

    I like this offer a lot. Hope it will be mine!

  30. Barry A. (scary-floating-eye) says:

    You got my interest!

  31. Kathy B. (wareagle74) says:

    Sounds interesting!

  32. Jessica F. (jess119) says:

    Sounds like a good read. Would love to give it a try.

  33. Kim N. , says:

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  34. Debbie R. (sunshine51) says:

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  35. Jim F. (autonomedia) says:

    Saw the musical. Gimme dat book!

  36. Patricia P. (avilagal) says:

    Sounds like an interesting book! Please enter me in the contest!

  37. Jennifer P. (ped1990) says:

    Interesting. I’d love to read this.

  38. Jennifer M. (minnema5) says:

    My daughter and I would LOVE to get this book!
    I want to be a WINNER! 🙂

  39. Kelly G. says:

    hope I win!

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  41. Jim M. (jimandjen) says:

    Please enter me into the free book contest! Thank you

  42. Kristine S. (kriskips) says:

    I would love to win Song of Spider-Man.

  43. bellanovella says:

    Yahoo! Thanks for the chance to win!

  44. Glenda A. says:

    hmmm … sounds like a different than my usual read … could be interesting.

  45. Elaine B. (missouriangel) says:

    I would love to get “the rest of the story!”

  46. Judy ,D. says:

    read reviews and various news bits. sounds intriguing and highly interesting.. Thanks paperback swap for your wonderful website.

  47. Eyvonne C. (texrnr) says:

    Pick me! Pick me! Please. I would love to read this one. Thanks

  48. Elizabeth M. (straightace) says:

    I can’t wait to read it!

  49. Vanessa B. says:

    Love to read all different kinds of books.

  50. Bully L. (roxanne3) says:

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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